Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When I met you in the Summer...

Would you like to help me win a trip to New York Fashion Week? Chictopia is hosting a contest with Ariat. The winners receive a pair of Ariat boots to wear during Fashion Week and to style in two blog posts, and a pass to an exclusive runway show. Seriously guys, this would mean so much to me. I know I'm just a newbie blogger but that's not going to stop me from chasing my dreams. Anyways, if you guys could just vote, favorite, and share this picture with your friends it would mean the world to me. And even if I don't win, I'm so happy that I can say that I actually got up and tried.
Much love x

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Strawberry Passionfruit Tea

This recipe is very fast and easy to make. It's one of my favorite drinks whenever I'm having a detox.  You will only need 5 ingredients. The strawberries are a wonderful antioxidant and I love to freeze them to use as 'ice cubes'. Coconut Oil is beneficial to your hair/skin care and can also increase your metabolism. My favorite ingredient and my new obsession is Agave Nectar. I try to avoid sweetening my foods with white sugar and sometimes honey can be a little too pricey. I remember seeing Agave Nectar in my Nutrition class when I was in Culinary School and in the baking section of my local grocery store. A few days ago, my curiosity told me to give it a try and seriously guys, I'm in love! It is so easy to pour, unlike honey's thick consistency and it's surprisingly sweet!

You will need:
  • Water
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Coconut Oil
  • Agave Nectar
  • TAZO® Passion Tea
All you have to do is brew your tea, add a tablespoon each of Agave Nectar and Coconut Oil, and throw in your frozen strawberries. Stir until the Agave Nectar has fully dissolved and the Coconut Oil is melted completely. You can also add a few, thinly sliced lemons to bring in an extra pop of color and flavor. I hope you guys enjoyed this quick and easy recipe. Are you a tea fan? If so, what's your favorite type of tea? 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Tips

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Hi guys! I know that it can get a little stressful during this back to school season. Especially if you're a freshman in college.  Here are some tips and tricks that I wish I had known about to help you get through the school year. 

Dress for success 
You do not want to be that girl who wears 9 inch high heels or pajamas every day to class (unless you're into that kind of thing). But most schools have a dress code for a reason and it's important to follow the rules in order to stay out of trouble. Trust me, they're trying to make our lives easier. My advice to you is to stay comfortable, yet stylish and chic. Stick to your basics; A plain tee and comfortable pair of boyfriend jeans can give you that effortless, yet put together look. Also, most classrooms tend to get very cold. I like to throw on a light blazer especially during the colder seasons. It looks more professional than slapping on a hoodie or an old worn-out jacket. Try to avoid bulky jewelry. Big, chunky bracelets and dangly earrings tend to be a distraction in a learning environment. And If you do like to accessorize, wear something convenient such as a wrist watch. Try going the extra mile by stacking it on with a dainty bracelet or two. Just remember, less is more.

Your makeup should be natural and lightweight. So stick to your favorite nudes and brown eye shadows. A good waterproof mascara and an oil based eyeliner should be your holy grail beauty products. Personally, I like to use Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara and my L'Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner. Both of these products will last all day without you having to constantly think about reapplying them. There are going to be some nights where you will get no sleep whatsoever due to cramming, studying, you name it. A good tip is to purchase a quality cream based concealer to get rid of those dark circles so that you don't end up looking like a zombie in class. My current favorite is Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. This product is also going to last all day long. Sometimes being an adult sucks. You're growing and learning who you are as an individual.Therefore we need to be prepared for what life throws into our paths. 

Preparation is key 
Good organization skills are essential to having a smooth sailing semester. Instead of lugging around a bulky backpack, invest in a nice tote bag. Therefore, you'll kill two birds with one stone by being able to carry all of your belongings and looking stylish while doing so.

Your living space
A majority of freshmen tend to get a little homesick after the first few weeks of being in college. It also doesn't help that most schools throw you into some tiny, boring room and expect you to live there for the remaining of the year. Unfortunately, when I was a freshmen I had no experience whatsoever in home decor. Later on after observing my roommates, I learned that having a bright and colorful room can lighten up your mood. Luckily for you guys, Modcloth is having a 20% off Decor Sale that'll give your dorm a pop of personality. There's no code needed, so just shop until your heart is content.

Thanks so much for reading and remember, college is supposed to be the best years of your life. So study hard, party harder and have fun learning the responsibilities of becoming an adult.